Thanks and a suggestion or two
Ed. note: The letter below was sent to the POA Board and submitted to Smoke Signals with a request from Gary Teal to print it as a letter to the editor.
Dear Big Canoe July 4th Planning Committee:
First – let me be fully clear that this letter is not meant to be critical. We have way too much negativity swirling across Big Canoe these days, and I do not want to add to it.
My family (myself, my wife, our sons and their wives, and our grandchildren) have loved attending the Big Canoe July 4th festivities for the past ten years. We had to miss the events in 2018, as we were out of town. I think the family fun events were moved from Wildcat to the Playfield last year. This year was the first year that we have attended at the Playfield.
I would like to offer a few comments and suggestions that I hope will be received in the positive spirit that they are intended.
We did not have enough water activities for the kids. Our two older grandsons did the water slide a few times, but something was wrong with the water itself, and they both sustained slight burns from the rubber not having running water on it. Maybe next year we can have two (or more) water slide type activities. On a hot July 4th in Georgia, that would be wonderful.
We really missed The Varsity food trailer not being there. The folks with The Varsity were always quick with their service, the menu was very limited, the costs were reasonable, and overall I thought it added to the experience. In fairness, we did not try the new Food Truck that was used. The lines were very long, and we were told that the wait was in the neighborhood of 15 minutes.
We loved the “car show” that was part of the festivities.
We enjoyed the one man band who performed. That was a nice touch.
Overall, it was another very nice Big Canoe event.
With great appreciation,
Gary L. Teal
22 Chestnut Knoll Ridge